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Pilot Live-in Trial at the GatorTech Smarthouse

Davenport, Rick D. MHS, OTR/L; Elzabadani, Hicham MS; Johnson, Jessica L. MA, OTR/L; Helal, Abdelsalam (Sumi) PhD; Mann, William C. OTR, PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: January-March 2007 - Volume 23 - Issue 1 - p 73–84

This article reports on a pilot study conducted on the first person to live in the GatorTech smarthouse. An elder's first reaction to staying in the smarthouse was evaluated by questionnaire, in-depth interviews, and tracking of technology use. Primary themes that emerged were (1) an enthusiasm and openness to having increased technology assistance with daily household tasks, and (2) discomfort with the reliability between the human and computer interface. The results of this pilot study will guide the future development of the GatorTech Smart home emerging technologies.

College of Public Health and Health Professions, Rehabilitation Science Doctoral Program (Mr Davenport, Ms Johnson, and Dr Mann), and the college of Engineering, Computer Science Doctoral Program (Mr Elzabadani and Dr Helal), University of Florida, Gainesville.

Corresponding author: Rick D. Davenport, MHS, OTR/L, RERC-Tech-Aging, University of Florida, PO Box 100164, Gainesville, FL 32610 (e-mail:

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.